What methods are used to study chromosomes?
Techniques used include karyotyping, analysis of G-banded chromosomes, other cytogenetic banding techniques, as well as molecular cytogenetics such as fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH).
Why is it useful to stain chromosomes?
There are various imaging techniques that can be used to study chromosomes. Staining increases the contrast of chromosomes under these different imaging techniques while banding allows the identification of chromosomes and the abnormalities present in it, and provides information about the chromosomal substructures.
What is chromosome banding techniques?
Chromosome banding techniques produce a series of consistent landmarks along the length of metaphase chromosomes that allow for both recognition of individual chromosomes within a genome and identification of specific segments of individual chromosomes.
How does G banding help in making a diagnosis?
G-banding, G banding or Giemsa banding is a technique used in cytogenetics to produce a visible karyotype by staining condensed chromosomes. It is useful for identifying genetic diseases through the photographic representation of the entire chromosome complement.
What is C banding used for?
C-banding is specifically used for identifying heterochromatin by denaturing chromosomes in a saturated alkaline solution followed by Giemsa staining. Different banding techniques may be selected for the identification of chromosomes.